Brush Script Lettering and Brush Lettering in Single Speed Stroke


Saturday 26 August


10.00am - 1.00pm


Winter Special Only $70.00 + eventbrite fees

With this exciting class, you will work with pen and ink using a round speedball nib, as well as a traditional Brush. You will learn two styles, Brush Script lettering, which is the basis of a contemporary design language for which the demand just keeps getting stronger so learning it is a must. You will also learn Single Speed stroke. Both styles of lettering are interchangeable with both tools. Furthermore, more good news! I am excited to let you know that our mini masterclass now includes a copy of a fantastic book publication which is yours to keep, packed full of some amazing original exemplars from the School’s collection of rare and precious hand lettering books from the 1950’s and sixties. This is exceedingly rare, and you won’t be able to get your hands on these goodies anywhere else! This taster class is specially created to introduce the hesitant to the whole idea of hand lettering. You won’t become an accomplished letterer in this short time, but you will get the foundation as we break your bad writing habits and build good ones. Having taught this style to over 500 students, it’s nice to know you are learning from the leaders and trusted teaching professionals. The school director learned the technique in New York from influential Ken Barber of House Industries.


This 3-hour class is very doable and perfect for those who are new to typography, and designers who are looking to improve their typographic awareness, as well as those who need to switch off from the fast-paced digital world and immerse in something tactile and time-honoured. This introductory class is a key entry point for those who have entertained the idea of hand lettering and felt unsure about investing in a whole day or whole course. It is an ideal taster to a whole addictive world of letter crafting! This class cannot teach you everything, but it will get you started so that you can continue. Those who do so are now enjoying professional success, lettering professionally for special events, and clients.

Brush Lettering is an easy style to learn and with some practice you will be surprised at the speed of your progress !

How the Class Rolls

The traditional tool for Brush lettering and Brush Script is a regular pointed brush and paint. BUT first, we recommend that beginners start off using a brush pen. Just like trainer wheels, the brush pen is much easier to control. To be honest, digital natives who are not used to handling brushes, pencils,  struggle alot with the challenges of  brush and pain, and we want to build your confidence first. From our extensive experience having taught this skill to over five hundred students,  first learning how to draw the letters curves and shapes correctly is absolutely essential (in itself quite challenging to those who have never tried). This builds confidence and scaffolds your learning,  before dealing with the brush which is another separate challenge within itself.

This class equips you with the essential skills to understand and create typography with flair and meaning. It begins by grasping the componentry which is the basic strokes of Brush Script, which will allow you to gradually develop beautiful letterforms based on these strokes. You will be guided through handy tips and techniques to create the most ideal letters, in terms of weight, shape, space and visual pattern, equipping you to personalize the script to your taste and application. You will also enjoy seeing original examples of brush script to familiarize you with the colorful historical origins of  this colorful technique (known as the Golden Age of Lettering), to give you a context of “why” you are using it.

The demand for authentic, analog custom lettering over fonts plucked from the computer is growing, providing instant brand recognition, saving designers time and money that illustrators cost. It starts with an unsurpassed typographic eye and a respect for the process, patience and time, in learning a skill which is the foundation to enable you to create dazzling custom letterforms.

For the first part of the class, we will focus on the set of basic strokes that combine to create a hand lettered alphabet — as well as how to hold and angle the Tombow brush pen. The focus will then shift to what makes good brush lettering, consistency, various styles, and embellishments.   In the second part of the class we switch to ink and speedball nib as we learn how to make single speedstroke letters, the original letters of the 20th Century ticketwriters, signapinters, and commercial lettering artists !


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